Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions…
What Is Business Golf?
Business Golf is a purposefully thought out round of golf played by golfers who are interested in engaging in commerce. The intention is to build a credible cordial relationship through what naturally occurs during a round of golf before developing a business relationship. The mission is to not talk business on the golf course but to focus on the learning more about the person or persons who are playing Business Golf. There should be ample time after the round of golf to discover any business opportunities each person has available.
Where is the Best Place to Play Business Golf?
Private Country Clubs make for the best venue to play Business Golf. However, any upscale golf resort or public golf course where the pace of play is leisurely and there is a quiet place to talk afterward will work.
How Can Business Golf Help My Business?
Businesses who allow their employees to play Business Golf as part of a business meeting or training session experience a 40% increase in employee satisfaction. Salespeople who play Business Golf experience a 65% better chance of closing a sale than a sales person who does not. Customer service and vendor relations are improved 35% when a business owner plays periodically a round of Business Golf with customers and vendors.
Can Business Golf Be Played as a Tournament?
Yes. Business Golf tournaments work well as a before or after business conference meeting. Adding a business golf flight to a Charity Golf tournament also improves the possibility of signing up more teams to play in a charity golf tournament and enhances event sponsorship opportunities.
What Are Some of the Fringe Benefits a Business Golfer Can Experience?
Business Golf will:
- Builds trust.
- Improves employee morale.
- Develops better internal and external communications.
- Produces a Healthier Workforce.
- Constructs Stronger business relations.
Is it Better to Play Business Golf as a Twosome or Foursome?
If the foursome is all complete strangers it will take a little more work on the Business Golf host or hostess to make sure all their guests are getting quality time. If the foursome is formed from people who know each other well, the Business Golf can be fun. Twosome work well for small business owners. Either one can have positive results.
What Format of Golf is Best Played During a Round of Business Golf?
If the skill level of golf is uncertain for each player in the group then the Match Play format of play usually works best for a round of Business Golf. Metal play, or stroke play, is OK if a double bogie stroke limit is announced off the first tee. This will allow for someone who is shooting a double bogey stroke from 200 yds out can pick it up and not hold up the pace of play. Scrambles are awkward but acceptable if played in a tournament or multiple groups of Business Golfers who are just getting started playing Golf.
When is the Best Time to Play Business Golf?
Anytime is a good time to play Business Golf if you know how to play Business Golf. Playing golf during the week, in the morning, is the preferred time and day. Most golf courses are not real busy during the early part of the week. The morning time frame allows for players to stop by the office mid-afternoon after the round of business golf. Afternoon Business Golf usually results in players having to postpone or cancel a round of golf due to something that came up at the office…or not willing to stop their workday momentum. Playing Business Golf on the weekend is asking for trouble since the focus would quickly turn from enjoying the day to becoming a race to keep up with the pace of play of other golfers or other situations related to the golf course being overcrowded.
What Do I Wear for a Round of Business Golf?
It always recommended to dress up instead of dressing down. If the players of the round of Business Golf do not know each other it is best to look sharp. Remember, a round of Business Golf is not a round of golf with your buddies. You will be representing your business so your image is very important. Even if you are playing at a very low-key casual golf course, just keep in mind that dressing up will not be looked down upon in a round of Business Golf.